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“Hayots Ashkhar” continues to criticize the Armenia section of the U.S. State Department’s latest report on human rights practices around the world, describing it as “one-sided.” “They ignored the fact that it was the opposition that, to put it mildly, flouted the laws and took steps that also breached human rights during its demonstrations, rallies and marches in the spring of 2004,” writes the paper. It claims that there were no serious human and civil rights abuses committed by the Armenian authorities in 2004.

According to “168 Zham” the situation in Armenia has become so tense that there is now an “uncompromising struggle between Russian and Western revolutionaries.” The weekly paper speculates that Russia itself will try to set off an anti-government revolt in Armenia in order to “discredit” the very idea of popular revolutions supported by the West. “Everybody [in the Armenian political arena] pins their hopes on external support,” it says.

“The example of Georgia and Ukraine demonstrates that only those opposition forces that are not pro-Russian and carry Western values can stage so-called democratic revolutions,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “Therefore, Armenia’s present opposition can not serve the goals which the public hopes to attain by means of political changes.” The paper claims that one of the top opposition leaders, Stepan Demirchian, effectively “reaffirmed his Russian orientation” on Wednesday.

“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” reports that Demirchian failed to give a clear answer to any question at his news conference. “He stubbornly avoided analyses and evaluations, considering that to be the business of political scientists and analysts, rather than politicians like him.” “This could work as long as he is in opposition. But what will happen if he comes to power?” asks the government-funded paper. “Does he have a clear idea of challenges facing Armenia and ways of coping with them?”

Maverick oppositionist Aram Karapetian tells “168 Zham” that he is now holding talks with other opposition leaders, including Vazgen Manukian, Hovannes Hovannisian and Ashot Manucharian, over the possibility of coordinating their activities.

“An absolute lack of alternatives continues to reign in our state,” “Aravot” comments on Tigran Sarkisian’s reelection as chairman of the Armenian Central Bank. “In that sense independent Armenia is hardly different from Soviet Armenia.”

(Vache Sarkisian)
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